De Beers Launches New “Building Forever” Podcast Series - With Inaugural Episode in Conversation with HeForShe.
Building Forever is De Beers’ commitment to ensure that every diamond they discover creates a lasting positive impact for the people and places where it is found. Their recently launched Building Forever podcast series explores – by talking to the people involved – how the company is creating positive impacts that will endure well beyond the discovery of their last diamond.
Episode 1: 'Accelerating Equal Opportunity' is a conversation between Katie Fergusson, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Impact at De Beers, and Dinal Limbachia, HeForShe Partnerships Manager at UN Women. In this inaugural episode, they talk about how barriers still get in the way of progress towards a future that is fair and equal for all.
"Historically, mining was a male-dominated sector, and while that's changing now, a large proportion of our workforce is still male. And so, our commitment to HeForShe invites the men and women across De Beers to each understand their role in creating a more equal environment.”
- Katie Fergusson, Senior Vice-President of Sustainable Impact at De Beers
"We have to fight for attention on this topic as it's one of so many societal issues. But what's interesting is finding that gender inequality is often the root cause of many of these issues and a critical enabler of so many of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals – so by addressing it, you're alleviating the wider problem."
- Dinal Limbachia, HeForShe Partnerships Manager at UN Women
In May, UN Women released almost 40 Proven Solutions produced by the HeForShe Champions to accelerate progress towards gender equality. De Beers released its Proven Solution around Accelerating Female Entrepreneurship.
Listen to this exciting podcast conversation here.